I LOVE when July 4th falls on a Saturday! Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.
We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!
As you can see below, many municipalities have decided to call it this year and have cancelled 4th of July celebrations. Others are just holding off announcing anything at all. We’ll all know more soon and we’ll keep updating our information. We highly recommend verifying any outing or having contingency plans before wasting a trip this year.
Good to Know:
Minneapolis Red White & Boom
Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk. Downtown Riverfront. July 4, 6-10pm, FREE. CANCELLED.
Tangletown 4th of July Picnic and Parade
Parade begins at Washburn High School and ends at Fuller Park – decorate your bikes, strollers to participate; entertainment, games, prizes, and food. (If you want to be in the parade arrive at the high school by 9:30 am). Not everything is free, but all-inclusive wristbands can be purchased in advance or at the event for $8/pp. July 4, 10am-1:30pm. CANCELLED.
Mill City Museum: Fourth of July Fireworks
Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom Fourth of July fireworks from the museum’s Koch Observation Deck. July 4,10:30pm, $35/pp. CANCELLED.
ST PAUL EVENTS
Saints v. Texas Airhogs – Fireworks Super Show
Independence Day Celebration with post-game fireworks super show and Monster Food Truck Rally. CHS Field. July 4, 6:05pm, $8/pp & up.
Historic Fort Snelling: Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the early 1800s way – witness a mock battle, hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, enjoy military fife and drum music, enjoy interactive stations, and try historic games. July 4, 10am-5pm, $12/adults; $6/kids over 5.
4th of July at Langford Park
Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more! July 4, 11am-4pm, FREE.
TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO EVENTS
COON RAPIDS: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center
Parade, carnival, music by the Rockin Hollywoods, and fireworks. July 2-4, FREE. CANCELLED FOR 2020
ELK RIVER: Farmer’s Fourth of July | Oliver Kelley Farm
Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, visit the spring farm babies, join in 19th-century games such as town ball, sample ice cream and listen to rousing speeches. July 4, 9am-4pm, $12/adults; $8/kid.
TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO
FOREST LAKE: Forest Lake 4th of July
Carnival & entertainment each day; parade, reading of the Declaration of Independence and fireworks on the 4th. July 4.
MAPLEWOOD: Maplewood Light it Up | Hazelwood Park
Family Fun activity station with A Touch of Magic, music, inflatables & fireworks. July 4, 4-10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020
ROSEVILLE: Rosefest Party in the Park | Roseville Central Park
Carnival activities, inflatable fun, puppet shows, live music all day and fireworks at 10pm. July 4, 1pm-10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020
STILLWATER: Stillwater 4th of July Fireworks | Lowell Park
Music, cannons and fireworks. July 4. CANCELLED FOR 2020
WHITE BEAR LAKE: Manitou Days Fireworks | Memorial Beach
July 4, 8pm-11pm. POSTPONED IN 2020
TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO
AFTON: 4th of July Parade and Celebration | Main Street
July 3-4. CANCELLED FOR 2020
APPLE VALLEY: Apple Valley Freedom Days
Carnival, Music in the Park, Family Fun Night. CANCELLED FOR 2020
EAGAN: July 4th Funfest | Eagan Community Center festival grounds
Parade, carnival, music and fireworks. July 3-4, 10am-midnight. CANCELLED FOR 2020
LAKEVILLE: Pan-O-Prog Fireworks | Lakeville North High School
Live music, inflatables, temp tattoos, photo booth, and concessions. Bring chairs or blankets. Fireworks at dusk. July 4, 6-10:30pm. POSTPONED TO SEPT. 25-27 2020
WOODBURY: Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration | HealthEast Sports Center
Kidzone and food vendors open at 6pm, FlashMob! plays from 7-10pm, fireworks at 10pm.
TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO
BLOOMINGTON: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park
Carnival, live music and fireworks at dusk. July 3, 5-10pm. CANCELLED FOR 2020 – MAY BE RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT.
CHANHASSEN: 4th of July Celebration | City Center Park
Parade, carnival and fireworks. July 2-4.
DELANO: Delano 4th of July Celebration | 559 North River Street
Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, includes parade, carnival and fireworks. PARADE & EVENTS CANCELLED FOR 2020, POSSIBLE FIREWORKS.
EDINA: Edina 4th of July Parade | Edina City Hall
Parade 10am, Sousa Memorial Band 8:45 & fireworks at Roseland Park. July 4, 10pm. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020
EXCELSIOR: Lake Minnetonka 4th of July | Excelsior Commons Park
A full day of activities and fireworks at dusk. July 4, 9am-10pm. WILL DECIDE BY JUNE 1, 2020
RICHFIELD: Red, White & Blue Days | Veterans Memorial Park
Community and family focused events that offer something for everyone — Family Night, car show, street dance, parade, music, and fireworks. July 2-4. CANCELLED FOR 2020
SHAKOPEE: Happy Birthday America Parade | Lions Park
Popsicles and entertainment to follow. July 3, 10:30am.
- The Landing: Independence Day 1889
Join a parade, play yard games and churn ice cream. Watch historic baseball and listen to a live brass band. July 4. 10am-5pm, $8/adults; $5/kids over 2. CANCELLED
ST LOUIS PARK: July 4th Fireworks Celebration | Aquila Park
Concessions, vendors, live music and fireworks. 7-11pm. POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, SEPT 6, 2020.
The Fourth of July is just a warm-up for all the fun family festivals taking place in the Twin Cities throughout the month. Check out our list of them here!
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